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DSC_9297CLINICAL SCIENCE

The entry into the Clinical Science Program is the most exciting event in every medical student’s career. This is the moment for which they have prepared their entire lives and will, for most, be their very first contact with real patients in real clinical settings.  XUSOM has prepared a robust clinical program which will ready the student doctor to enter any field of medicine.

Almost all of our rotations are situated in the United States with the strongest concentration of hospitals being in our three centralized “hub” cities of New York, Baltimore, and Chicago.  These locations are where most of our core rotations are offered but there is a vast array of locations where students may choose to spend their electives.  At the discretion of the Dean of Clinical Science, students with strong academic performance may be given preferential rotation placement.

The program is structured in such a manner as to allow a student to gain licensure in most of the United States. Each of a student’s core rotations is spent at a hospital which hosts an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved residency program in the respective core specialty.   Every site is held to comparable standards of teaching, evaluation, faculty development, and study resources. A student will gain all the knowledge and skills necessary to pass Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and compete for any coveted United States residency position. Our students have rotated and gone on to train and practice in Canada as well.

The clinical program is 72 weeks in duration with an additional 12 weeks of elective rotations (not required). The first 48 weeks are spent in the core rotations and the breakdown is as follows:

Core Rotations

Internal Medicine 12 weeks
Surgery 12 weeks
Pediatrics   6 weeks
Obstetrics / Gynecology   6 weeks
Family Medicine   6 weeks
Psychiatry   6 weeks
Total       48 weeks

During elective time, a student is given the freedom to explore a vast array of available clinical electives. It is also encouraged that a student find or create their own elective experiences. This affords the student an opportunity to match their own interests and abilities to the right field of medicine for them. Once this decision has been made, the elective time also allows a student to showcase their abilities and network with physicians who may help them attain their career goals.

24 weeks are spent in the elective rotations. The duration of time in each elective rotation may vary, but a minimum of 4 weeks will be spent in each. A partial list of the possible elective rotations is included below:

Elective Rotations

Nephrology Dermatology
Hematology and Oncology Orthopaedic Surgery
Rheumatology Ophthalmology
Immunology and Allergy Otolaryngology (ENT)
Gastroenterology Plastic Surgery
Neurology Colorectal Surgery
Cardiology Occupational Medicine
Emergency Medicine Cardiology (PEDS Focus)
Pulmonology Infectious Disease
Total       24 weeks

The final 12 weeks of clinical rotations are known as hospital rotations, or sub-internships. Although these 12 weeks are optional, they are strongly encouraged. A student will generally select an elective sub-internship, where they will perform the role of an intern or first-year medical graduate, under the supervision of senior staff and attending physicians. These rotations are generally pursued in the field appropriate to career interest. These additional rotations will provide an even greater amount of showcasing and networking experiences.

Hospital Rotations (Optional)

Sub-internship (specialty of choice) 4 weeks
Sub-internship (specialty of choice) 4 weeks
Hospital-based rotation 4 weeks
Total 12 weeks
 

Total Clinical Rotations 

Total with Hospital Rotations

 

72 weeks

84 weeks

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